She is from Manitoba, he is from New Brunswick, and they met in Saskatchewan, but husband and wife Jared and Jocelyn Tobias moved across Canada to make Kensington, PEI their home.
They purchased an old Victorian home on Kijiji, drove across the country, and started renovating it right away, turning it into the Weeping Willow House Bed & Breakfast. Since moving here almost three years ago, they have fallen in love with this little town known as K’Town and its huge sense of community!
The guests at the B&B love Jocelyn’s special baking and cooking. The couple believes in giving back to the community and supporting each other, so it was a no-brainer to open up the Willow Bakery and Café, especially with Jocelyn’s background in baking.
The Willow Bakery & Café opened on Monday, March 16, 2020….. YES… the day that COVID-19 restrictions began. It was a bitter sweet day for them.
They put their heart and soul into everything they do. Community support has been overwhelming, and you can see the joy on their faces as they greet regular customers by name and welcome new customers who leave feeling like part of the family. When they opened, they were literally operating hour by hour, with their fingers crossed that they would be able to stay open. And so far they have been very successful.
Plans for the future are to hire local staff and to expand the menu to full capacity. The Café has seating for about 20 (once dining in is allowed after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted). It is currently offering take-out for their daily lunch specials and a delicious selection of baked items, including some gluten-friendly options.
Follow them on social media and see what your senses tell you! Stop in at 13 Commercial St. for a tasty treat Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Pre-ordering is available.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheWillowBakeryPEI/
Instagram – thewillowbakerypei
For more about Weeping Willow House Bed & Breakfast, click here
For more about the Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce, click here
Submitted by Julia Smith Cameron, Executive Director, Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce